We understand the challenges of breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Please find the below resources to help you and your family along the way.
breastfeeding support resources
- Affirmation cards. YOU GOT THIS!
- KidsHealth breastfeeding articles
- BreastBeginnings App – Android/Apple compatible
- Free, easy to use menus, embedded links to videos, feeding and diaper tracker
- Breastmilk Every Ounce Counts
- Benefits of breastfeeding, getting prepared, working on volume, self-care
- Breastfeeding and Ohio WIC (English/Spanish)
- Food benefits for breastfeeding moms for one year
- Back to work support for moms
- Peer support
- WIC formula alternatives
- Kelly Mom Breastfeeding and Parenting
- Evidence-based, simple, common sense advice
- Black breastfeeding support
- Black Breastfeeding Coalition of Ohio https://blackbreastfeedingcoalitionofohio.org/
- Facebook groups such as ROSE, Mocha Moms
- Milk Mama’s (Dayton), BSTARTS (Cincinnati), BLaC (Central Ohio)
- Chocolate Milk Series (moms and their stories)
- For questions about medications and substances, what’s safe and what’s not:
- Ohio Department of Health Resources for Breastfeeding Rights at Work
- CDC Breastfeeding (English/Spanish)
- Division of nutrition, physical activity and obesity – supporting optimal breastfeeding practices to improve public health
- Data and statistics
- Guidelines and recommendations
- Special populations
- Proven strategies
- La Leche League
- All things breastfeeding, maternal support, local peer support
- Southwest Ohio Breastfeeding Coalition
- All things breastfeeding support and materials in more than 10 languages
If you are using a breast pump at Dayton Children's, use this link for instructions on using the Medela Symphony Breast Pump located in any of our lactation rooms.
- How to start the Medela Symphony PLUS Maintain program can be viewed here
Global Health Media Breastfeeding Support/Video's (available in 45 languages from Arabic-Vietnamese)
- Attach your baby at the breast
- How to express breastmilk
- Is your baby getting enough milk?
- Breastfeeding in the first hours
- Breastfeeding in the first hour
- Maximizing milk production
- Hand expressing breastmilk
resources for breastfeeding parents inpatient or in the emergency department
During your baby’s Dayton Children's emergency room visit, or inpatient admission, here are some tips and information to help during your stay.
- Your baby may be having tests or procedures, please check with your baby’s medical team before feeding your baby.
- We have breast pumps available to use during your stay at no cost!
- If your usual breastfeeding routine is interrupted for more than three hours, please ask your care team for a breast pump and pump kit; one can be brought to your baby’s bedside for free.
- We can provide supplies needed for washing pump parts and storing milk.
- We have special refrigerators just for your milk and can also freeze it if needed.
- If your baby needs to be fed through a feeding tube, your milk can be given to your baby through the tube.
Even if your baby is not allowed to eat right now, pumping is still important! Pumping every three hours for 15-20 minutes is usually recommended if your baby is not allowed to eat or if bottle feeding, getting NG-tube feedings, or not breastfeeding as often or as well as usual.
- Pumping tells your body how much milk to try to make, even if you are not feeling full or getting only drops
- Pumping helps to increase your milk supply
- Pumping helps to prevent breast infection if your breasts are full
- Pumping helps prevent your supply from dropping if you usually make the amount of milk your baby needs
Ask your nurse for assistance or ask a staff member to contact lactation for support. A lactation specialist will try to meet with you as soon as possible.
You can also leave a message at 937-641-3185